Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Night Gardener blooms, while Glory was less-than glorious.

While Glory had a certain charm and sounded like a novel with promise, the premise fell flat, turned out to be a bit too hard to buy into.  The characters lacked sufficient depth to draw us in.  This futuristic Glory story also lacked the broader appeal and teachableness of The Night Gardener.

The Night Gardener is a gothic tale that was both light-handed and mystical enough to be enjoyable. The Mystery in the story was revealed in layers, at just the right speed to keep us reading.  The main characters evolve in a way that is both believable and endearing.  While this story is lovely and imaginative, it is also has greater potential to provide the jr. high classroom another novel to be taught and/or enjoyed.  

Therefore, in a unanimous 5-0 nothing victory, the Westminster pick for this round goes to The Night Gardener.


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